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      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

      Educational Institute Honors Fred DeMicco as Outstanding U.S. Educator

      Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, June 11, 2008 - Fred DeMicco, Ph.D., professor and ARAMARK chair for the department of hotel, restaurant, and institutional management at the University of Delaware, is the 2008 recipient of the Lamp of Knowledge Award for Outstanding Educator (U.S.), presented by the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute. DeMicco received the award during the AH&LA Summer Summit in Oklahoma City, during the AH&LA Stars of the Industry Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, June 11.

      DeMicco teaches courses in international management and strategy, food service management, with research in the areas of cost control, international strategic management, and gerontology. He has worked on projects with ARAMARK for the past three Summer Olympics (Atlanta, Sydney, and Athens) and is planning for Beijing 2008. Prior to the University of Delaware, DeMicco was associate director in the school of hotel, restaurant, and recreation management at Penn State University, where he was professor-in-charge of the HRIM undergraduate program. He is currently a Penn State Walter J. Conti Professor of Hotel, Restaurant Management.

      DeMicco serves on the editorial board of the Hospitality Research Journal, as is the author and co-author of more than 100 publications in the area of hospitality and tourism management. He is co-editor, with Dr. Cihan Cobanoglu, of HOSTEUR magazine, a faculty, student, and industry journal. DeMicco is ranked 12th among the 119 most-cited international hospitality faculty, and is tied for 37th (with Harvard's Michael Porter) as a scholar most-cited by hospitality education faculty. He was also recognized by Lodging magazine as the lodging industry's top education innovator for 2006.

      DeMicco has taught and conducted research in Europe, Scandinavia, Australia, Thailand, and the Caribbean. He is on the boards of the Delaware Restaurant Association and I-CHRIE.

      About the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute
      Established in 1953 as a nonprofit educational foundation of the American Hotel & Lodging Association, the Educational Institute’s mission is to continue being the preferred provider to the lodging industry, hospitality schools, and related hospitality industries by developing and providing quality resources to train, educate, and certify hospitality professionals worldwide.

      Elizabeth Johnson - ejohnson@ahla.com

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